Harvard students withdraw after cheating in 'Intro to Congress' course

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“Consistent with the Faculty’s rules and our obligations to our students, we do not report individual outcomes of Administrative Board cases, but only report aggregate statistics,” wrote Dean Michael D. Smith. “In that tradition, the College reports that somewhat more than half of the Administrative Board cases this past fall required a student to withdraw from the College for a period of time. Of the remaining cases, roughly half the students received disciplinary probation, while the balance ended in no disciplinary action.’’

The cheating scandal drew headlines when it became public in August, when nearly half of a 279-student class faced possible charges of plagiarism as they turned in strikingly similar answers for assignments for their course, "Government 1310: Introduction to Congress."

At the time, Smith said that the university took the unusual step of announcing the investigation in order to “launch a broader conversation about academic integrity,” according to The Harvard Crimson, Harvard’s student newspaper.